Asia

Miao avaThe Miao people, who live in China, pass their legends, traditions, and history with a help of embroidery – they don’t have their own written language. The Miao embroidery patterns are diverse and symbolic. Also, the craft of making a Miao folk costume is so time-consuming that it can take the whole life, or even several generations, to make one. But the result is absolutely stunning. Their clothing pieces are so bright, rich, and beautiful that you can spend hours examining them and singling out the images and symbols in the embroidery.

Li Weaving avaIn China, there is an interesting ethnic group – Li people. Traditionally, they master in growing cotton and producing cotton weavings. Local women are involved in every stage of the process. It is so exciting to watch these females work with authentic tools, use old traditional weaving techniques and patterns, wear their folk costumes, etc. It’s a pity that every year fewer and fewer Li women learn how to work with handicrafts.

Hair embroidery avaI’ll never tire to say that the Chinese culture can be unique and even strange for a European, American, or African mind. But the combination of Chinese and Tibetan cultures is doubly remarkable. See for yourself. This article is dedicated to a really extraordinary craft – hair embroidery. The craftswoman uses her hair as threads. Though, it’s not a joke or some eccentric modern art – it’s an ancient craft that is based on a deep meaning and symbolism, on mantras, and spirituality.

kuitou avaChinese traditional opera is very unique. And one of the most important crafts in this area is the headdress making. The headgear used by Chinese actors is gorgeous – massive pieces are richly decorated and eye-catching but extremely lightweight at the same time. It requires a great skill to produce a good kuitou – traditional headdress used in Chinese opera. The craftsmen invent the design, produce every piece by hand, and alter it at the request of the actor who uses the kuitou.

Chinese wed avaThe most special clothing. Maybe you’ll only wear it once in your life. The most important dress in a woman’s life – a wedding gown. China has some strong tradition regarding the folk wedding dress. For instance, the color of the main garment should be red and the embroidery is made in gold threads. Every Chinese wedding outfit is perfect in its authenticity and peculiar Oriental beauty.

Dynasty avaThe history of China displays a huge list of rulers and ruling dynasties. Each of them had its own features, cultural values, customs, and clothing traditions. The latter is the most important for us. Let’s see the difference between the folk costume of various Chinese dynasties, including the main garments, outerwear, headdresses, accessories, hairdos, and other items of the traditional outfit of China. We’ve got some great photos to illustrate the diversity of Chinese national garments.

Royal Hang Embroidery avaRoyal Hang Embroidery is an ancient and exquisite craft. It appeared 1,000 years ago and is practiced ever since. This embroidery technique was used to adorn the garments of Chinese royalty. The craftsmen (and this is a rare technique of embroidering that’s made by men) make complicated and ornate artworks, rather than just ornamentation. These embroidery designs look like embossed paintings. We’re sure you haven’t seen anything like this in your life.

Hanfu avaChinese hanfu is an exquisite folk clothing. Both male and female garments look very sophisticated, ornate, and authentic. By the way, the hanfu had a strong influence on the Korean and Japanese folk costumes. This attire definitely is the pride of Asian countries, far beyond the borders of China. And its main advantage over the European fashionable clothing (with all those corsets, breastplates, and bodices) is that hanfu isn’t health-threatening – it allows the body to function freely.

Tin embroidery avaHave you ever heard about the tin embroidery? There is only one place in the world where it is made: Guizhou Province in China. Local craftswomen know this unique technique of embroidering, but even here, the Miao embroidery is on the verge of disappearing. Use your chance to learn more about it.

Qixiong Ruqun avaQixiong Ruqun is a nice Chinese garment with a surprising background. There is a special reason why its waistband is above the breasts. And you’ll be surprised by this reason. Intrigued? Then read on. We’ll also show you how to put this delicate garment on considering all of the rules and peculiarities.

Tradithional Chinese clothings1How do Asian-Americans feel when they wear the traditional clothes of their ancestors for the first time? Are they comfortable? embarrassed? excited? Do they feel the connection to their roots better? Here you are several short interviews that will answer all of the questions. It’s so sweet.

chinese avaThere is no traditional costume typical for all the parts of China. Each region has its own features, and sometimes clothing differs completely throughout the country. Another reason for the variety of Chinese outfits is that every Imperial dynasty in China created or refined the traditional clothing to their taste. Though there is one style of clothing which today is considered in the world to be Chinese national costume. It is "hanfu" for men and "qipao" for women.

Indian men avaIndian traditional women’s attire gets so much attention – all those beautiful sarees, shararas, lehengas, etc. At the same time, the folk clothing of Indian men is less famous. We sincerely think that’s not fare)). Indian male national costumes are gorgeous – bright, colorful, stylish, comfortable to wear, and include plenty of accessories and jewelry. They’re worth talking about. So, we’ve gathered for you a nice variety of men’s traditional outfits for different occasions – from daily wear to folklore costumes to wedding clothing to status outfits.

Chikankari avaIndian traditional culture estimates embroidery highly. A lot of clothes and household items are usually decorated with needlework. Just look at Indian sarees, festive sherwani, and choli blouses and you’ll notice a variety of decorative techniques used to embellish these garments. There are dozens of different embroidery techniques and stitches used in India, but these 4 types of Indian needlework are among the most popular and beautiful – phulkari, chikankari, kashida, and kantha embroidery.

Indian wedding avaIndia is a large country where many ethnic groups mingle and co-exist. And, of course, each ethnic group has its own official national costume and a whole list of various traditional garments. Let’s see what folk pieces of clothes are used in which states of India. If you think Indian women wear only sarees and men only dhoti and kurta, read this and find out so much more about Indian clothing traditions. There are plenty of wonderful Indian garments.

Indian choli avaIndian national attire, in general, is one of the most beautiful, feminine, and even sexy (in a good way) outfits around the world. Not many folk costumes can fit literally any women’s body shape this well, hiding any imperfections and accentuating lovely feminine curves. And the garment that plays an important role in this ensemble is the choli blouse – short and tight-fitting top worn with a sari, lehenga choli, sharara, etc. This top is a charming accent, a centerpiece of all mentioned outfits. Besides, the unlimited variations of choli’s styles and designs make it possible for any woman to choose the right one.

jama avaIt’s not a secret that Indian folk garments are rather eye-catching. Lots and lots of gems, sequins, gold and silver embroidery, beads, jewels, etc. are used to make any clothing piece look festive and ornate. But there’s one rare and extremely unique embellishment – sequins made from beetle elytra. They change color beautifully and shine in the sun like no other. And they are absolutely organic. This time, we’ve prepared for you something really special. It is a 19th-century jama coat with green beetle elytra sequins. Amazing sight to behold!

Dokhona avaIt is typical for people in Asia to wear different wrap-around garments. They’re often made from light and natural fabrics to help locals survive in hot and humid climates. Today, we’re going to tell you about the traditional clothing articles of Indian Bodo people – all of these garments are also simply wrapped around the body. But it doesn’t make them any less or inferior. Actually, Bodo folk clothing looks really festive and ornate.

Meenakshi avaAs you know, there are dozens or even hundreds of ways to drape a sari. It is amazing, how a simple rectangular piece of fabric can be turned into many different garments of various designs. Usually, sari is draped like a dress or skirt – it is, naturally, the easiest way. But you can make pants out of a sari with the help of just 3 safety pins and nothing else. Let’s see how to wrap a sari in a very special style. This style is called Meenakshi style or pants style.

hand block printing avaThe fabrics used in Indian traditional clothing culture are often hand-printed using different techniques, some of which are more complicated, while others are simpler. This material is dedicated to hand block printing, a labor-intensive process of applying a pattern to the fabric layer by layer. We’re sure, most of you think that these colorful patterns are simply made by a machine printing in just a few seconds, but it is a much more difficult process. Come on, we’ll show you!

dupatta avaEveryone knows that Indian traditional garments are incredibly elegant and ornate. Especially women’s outfits. A lot of people pass their festive and bridal clothing to their daughters and granddaughters. But no matter how embellished and well-preserved these pieces are, they still might look a bit old-fashioned. To avoid it, you can use some cunning tricks. How to make your heritage outfits look modern and fancy enough to wear them to a party or to your wedding? We have a few tips for you.

sari lehenga avaLehenga is a very beautiful Indian skirt used by many women in different regions of India. As you know, the national female garment in this country is the sari. And there are plenty of various ways of draping the sari. So, Indian women found out a way to combine the exquisiteness of sari and the feminine silhouette of lehenga. Both of these articles of clothing look pretty and elegant separately but combine them and you’ll get something really outstanding.

Silk weaving avaChettinad silk sari weaving is one of Indian traditional clothing crafts. In India, sarees are still often handmade. There are various weaving methods in different parts of the country. Chettinad region in Tamil Nadu state of India is no exception. Here, sarees are skillfully hand-woven, and not so many artisans possess the skill today. That’s why the Chettinad silk sari weaving is the craft which needs protecting and developing.

Mundu avaHave you ever showed your emotions or respect or personal ambition with your attire? Because Indian men often do that. For instance, by draping a mundu (men’s skirt-like garment) in a certain way, you can display your attitude to many things. Here, we’ve gathered several interesting facts about the mundu and its usage. This clothing article is very popular in India, so there are many peculiarities and rules for wearing it.

Kurta avaThis piece of article will be the most useful and interesting for Indian men. Or for those who would like to learn how to wear casual Indian clothes and look classy. We’ve gathered some info about the traditional Indian kurta and the garments it can be paired with – pants, shoes, jackets, etc. What color and design of kurta to choose? How much will it cost? What decorative elements should or should not a stylish kurta include? And, of course, which kind of Indian male attire is appropriate for certain occasions?

Sari avaWe’ve already published a lot of materials about Indian traditional clothes, but how can one be bored of this beauty?! The Indian women’s dresses are among the most feminine, elegant, and ornate in the whole world. So let’s enjoy some more photos of these pieces – the most popular and widely used female outfits of India.